SL Govt. to pressure peace facilitator Norway to push for LTTE compromise

The Sri Lankan government says it will pressure peace facilitator Norway to persuade the LTTE to compromise on a venue for resuming peace talks. The Sri Lankan government says it will pressure peace facilitator Norway to persuade the LTTE to compromise on a venue for resuming peace talks. Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva on Thursday said “He (Norwegian special envoy Eric Solheim) must persuade the LTTE. It is the role of the negotiator to persuade both parties to compromise.”

Erik Solheim, is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit during the last week of January next year to explore the possibilities to take forward the peace process between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels.

The government is sticking to its stance on holding talks either here in Sri Lanka or in any other Asian venue.

The Tamil separatist group has however proposed Oslo, Norway for talks, which the government says it is not willing to accept.

The government says it is still committed to the peace process and would like to re-commence peace talks at the earliest.

The government is also in talks with southern politic